Wash. man sought for filing fraudulent PFD

An elderly Washington man was indicted for submitting a fraudulent Permanent Fund Dividend application in 2009.

A grand jury on Friday charged William F. Ristow, 71, with one count of unsworn falsification for submitting a false written or recorded statement which he did not believe to be true on his PFD application dated March 6, 2009 and received by the Department of Revenue in Juneau on March 19, 2009. That’s a class ‘C’ felony that can carry up to five years in jail or a $50,000 fine.

Ristow was also charged with one count of second-degree theft for submitting a fraudulent PFD application in his name to the Department of Revenue in Juneau and receiving a PFD check in the amount of $1,305. That amount was directly deposited into his bank account on Oct. 8, 2009. Second-degree theft is also a class ‘C’ felony.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg issued a warrant for Ristow’s arrest on Dec. 23. Bail is set at $15,000 cash. Ristow’s last known address was in Ellensburg, Wash.


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